Autopsy Plutonium Database Codebook

This codebook accompanies the Autopsy Plutonium database (file labeled Autopsy_Pu , originally published by J.F. McInroy, et al., Health Physics, vol 37 (July 1979). It gives information about variables, units, codes and recording inconsistencies.

This codebook accompanies the Autopsy Plutonium database (file labeled Autopsy_Pu , originally published by J.F. McInroy, et al., Health Physics, vol 37 (July 1979). It gives information about variables, units, codes and recording inconsistencies.

Study: "Re-Evaluation of Plutonium in Autopsy Tissue"

McInroy, et al., Health Physics, July 1979

This codebook accompanies the first release of the Autopsy Plutonium database ("Autopsy_Pu" on the file label), as originally published in "Plutonium in Autopsy Tissue: A Revision and Updating of Data Reported in LA-4875"  by J.F. McInroy, E.E. Campbell, W.D. Moss, G.L. Tietjen, B.C. Eutsler and H.A. Boyd in volume 37 of the peer-reviewed journal Health Physics in July of 1979.

Warning!! This codebook gives the user valuable information about the meaning of the variables, such as the units in which the information was gathered, the codes used for "below minimum reportable levels", and inconsistencies in coding practices for such variables as cause_of_death and table/area. Without reading this codebook closely and following its advice, a user of this database could inadvertently make serious errors and come up with highly misleading results.

There are four types of variables: the ID variable, "CASENO", unique for each autopsy;  demographic variables; tissue assay variables; and database navigation variables.

ID VARIABLE

Table 1.  The ID Variable, CASENO

variable  type  format  explanation

 caseno

character 

$7 

subject's case number

DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLES

Table 2.  The Demographic Variables

variable   type format   explanation and units
 occup character   $24.  subject occupation*
 city  character  $24.  city of residence*
 state  character    $2.

 state of residence,*

2-letter abbreviation

 nation  character  $16.  nation of residence*
 cause_of_death  character  $16.  coroner description*
 HEW_CODE  character    $7.  precursor to the ICD code
 sex  character    $1.  gender: M-male, F-female, N-not known
 age  numeric      3.  age in years*
 years_reside  numeric      3.   years residing in city subject died in*
 year_death  numeric      4.  year of death
 weight  numeric      3.   weight in kilograms*
* Fields frequently left blank       * All variables subject to knowledge of coroner

Note:  There have been a few changes to the Autopsy_Pu data to improve standardization and integrity of analysis.

The variable "nation" has been added to accommodate one Canadian.  To our knowledge, this is the only non-US resident, but we are following a couple of other incomplete entries.  We intend to add US everywhere in the nation field after we have finished researching these other entries.

The cause-of-death variable is the best example of why some data need to be adjusted.  Health investigators often work from an hypothesis regarding a disease, for example, heart disease.  If one is interested in myocardial infarction, for instance, it has appeared in the original data in numerous forms, including:

Table 3.  Various Abbreviations for Myocardial Infarction, HEW_CODES 420.0 and 420.1

Myocardial infarct  Myocard infarct  Myocardial infarction
 Cardio infarct  Cardio infarctio  Myo infarc

Then there are pulmonary infarc's and cerebral infarc's, and all the variations therein.  The investigator requires all the myocardial infarct's collapsed into one group, all the cardio infarct's in one group, the pulmonary infarct's and the cerebral infarct's to do the same, unless a subtype is specified.  We spelled out myocardial, cardial and infarction and reduced groups splintered by these common abbreviations.  We are still reviewing this grouping and will do further revisions as they prove to be judicious.  We take care not to generalize any death into a category that obscures a detail that was included in the original categorization.

The variable HEW-Code was originally entered in a less standardized form.  This code was a precursor to today's  ICD-9, or International Classification of Diseases, version 9 code.  It comes in three parts, X123.789. The first part is a letter designation which is present in some of the codes, and which refers to different groupings of diseases.  In the Autopsy_Pu database, the only letter code that occurs is which designates a trauma injury.  The 123 part is the main numeric part. We refer to it as the NMO part of the ICD Code. The"N" groups all diseases into 10 very large associations, and the remaining "M" and "O" places subdivide diseases among those associations.

The decimal allows additional numbers to narrow down the fairly specific NMO disease number, locating it to a specific tissue or pathogen.  Because so much information can be packed into a disease code, a professional standard for representing codes has become accepted, to always end a code in a decimal and a zero if it is a whole-number code.  In the original, some codes ended in a decimal and no zero, and some ended with no decimal. These have all been adjusted to the standard. In many cases, some of the cause-of-death variables were not known. In this case, the field is filled with N/A.

Age. Three subjects are reported as having the age of 0 in the original dataset:  cases 8-150, 19-010, and 19-032. These should be taken with a degree of skepticism in light of these cases occupations, weights (in kilograms) and organ sample weights (in grams). For instance, review some of their information:

Table 4.  Three Subjects Whose Age Equals Zero

 

CASENO

SEX

 

SEX

AGE

 

AGE

 CAUSE_OF_DEATH

 

 CAUSE_OF_DEATH

YEAR_

DEATH 

 

YEAR_

DEATH 

OCCUP 

 

OCCUP 

WEIGHT

(Kg) 

 

WEIGHT

(Kg) 

LIVER_

WETWEIGHT

(gm) 

LUNG_

WETWEIGHT

(gm) 

 8-150

M

 POST-OP SHOCK

 1973

 NA

 .

 1505.0

 1155.0

 19-010

 RESPIRATORY FAILURE 

 1975

 HOUSEWIFE

 113

 193.0

 687.0

 19-032

 

 NA 

 1975

 NA

 .

 875.0

 .

It is my educated guess that none of them is an infant, and that "age = 0" really means that their age was unknown, in spite of what the data say. Those are some mighty heavy livers and lungs for babies.

TISSUE ASSAY VARIABLES

The tissue assay variable pattern is as follows:  name of organ or tissue and comment field (presenting its sample status: whether it was "lost in analysis" or the "analysis is not available"), and the numeric assay variables:  the wet weight and volume of the sample, volume actually analyzed, and then the radioactivity measures ("activity" for short).  These are activity of the volume analyzed, and activity standardized to one standard organ.  There is also an occasional measurement of the standard deviation of the analysis, which we record when available.

Table 5.  Organ Tissue Assay Variables

 

 Variable Name  Contents and Units of Measurements
 Organ  "Yes" if data present;  comments about missing samples if not
 Organ_wetweight  Wet weight of whole sample in grams
 Organ_volume  Volume of sample in cubic centimeters
 Organ_volanalyzed  Sample volume analyzed in cubic centimeters
 Organ_activityper  Activity per volume analyzed in disintegrations/minute
 Organ_stddev  Standard deviation of analysis
 Organ_actstdorg  Activity per standard organ in disintegrations/minute

 

The complete list of variables and their characteristics is given in the SAS output labeled "Autopsy_Pu_Data_Contents" following this Codebook:  click here to open the Data Contents.

Variables which are names of organs and tissues such as "Liver" get a "Y" for "yes" if assay values are available. Entries such as "Lost in analysis", "Not Received", "Analysis Not Available", etc., are entered in the organ name field. When there are values, they are entered in fields of variable names starting with "organname_wetweight".

MODIFICATIONS TO ORIGINAL DATASET FORMAT

Addition of leading zeros.  In the assay values "organ_activityper" and "organ_actstdorg", many values smaller than 1.0 were given without a zero preceding the decimal point.  This is now considered a nonstandard way to render these values, as very small print, hard-to-read fonts and n-th generation copies can make decimal points illegible.  A leading zero is now considered essential for sub-unitary values;  thus, we have presented all values less than one with a leading zero.

Please Note Numeric Codes for Missing ("999")!

"999" represents " in a numeric field for the variables "organ_actstdorg".  Exclude this value from your numerators before making calculations.  "999" is a numeric code for missing, but left in the data it will grossly inflate your dose calculations.

OMITTED VARIABLES

In the original dataset, there were also variables for activity of the analyzed sample and activity of a kilogram.  The activity of the standard organ is the value used for dose calculations, so we chose to use that value.  It is a product of the activity of the analyzed sample.  The activity of a kilogram is also an arithmetic result of the sample activity, so we elected not to include that variable. A researcher may take the entered variables (weight of the sample, volume of the sample, volume analyzed and activity per volume analyzed) and obtain their own activity per kilogram if they need it.  If there is a perceived need in the user community for these additional variables, we will take up a collection and add them.

Table 6.  Database Navigation Variables

 Variable Name

Type 

 Format

 Contents

 Table

 character

$3. 

Table Number 

 Area

 character

 $30.

 Primary Sampling Area

 Page

 numeric

   3.

 Journal Page Number

NAVIGATION LOOKUP TABLE

The following table gives the dominant values for the tables of the Autopsy_Pu database.

Table 7.  Table-to-Geographic Area Navigation Lookup Table

 

 Table  Area
 A-1  Los Alamos City
 A-2  Greater New Mexico and Others
 A-3  Colorado
 A-4  New York City
 A-5  Pennsylvania
 A-6  Georgia and South Carolina
 A-7  Illinois

 

In reality, Table A-2 is a catch-all for miscellaneous cases,  having subjects from a Canadian province and 9 states other than New Mexico, including Texas, California, North Carolina, Michigan, Nebraska, Nova Scotia and more.

The final navigation variable is journal page number. Each case has its page number referenced so the researcher can go back to the article and inspect the original entry.

FUTURE REVISIONS

This database will be enhanced with counties of the subjects' resident cities, distances to the nearest test site or nuclear weapons factory, and necessary corrections as they are brought to our attention.  To the best of our knowledge now, the data in this database are correct and reliable for analyses, so long as the caveats in this codebook are understood, followed and relied upon.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please direct them to Rita Fellers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, rita_fellers@unc.edu, 919-619-8091. 

Here is your link to the SAS Proc Contents Position output:

http://www.carolinapeace.org/uploads/99/Autopsy_Pu_Data_Contents.doc

 

Choosing War

Very few people choose war. They choose selfishness and the result is war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.

Very few people choose war. They choose selfishness and the result is war. Each of us, individually and nationally, must choose: total love or total war.

by Dave Dellinger

original at peacemakersguide.org

I have never personally met anyone who likes war. My military friends tell me they are as much against war as I am. I believe them. They see their mission as peacekeepers. Their aim, so they say, is to prevent war from happening. Only when it is deemed necessary will they fight.

This same attitude prevails among the police I've known. They see their duty as protecting the public, not hunting down unseemly characters. They want people to feel safe, and they are the first to know that guns fired, even when they do the firing, only increase fear and the chances of more violence.

Most people want a peaceful world. We prefer that conflicts be settled before fists fly. We prefer diplomacy to seeing our sons and daughters deployed to some battlefield. We would rather get along than shoot it out.

Now if this is true, why do we war as we do? In his book, Engaging the Powers, Walter Wink argues that western culture is deeply committed to what he calls the myth of redemptive violence. We believe that violence, force and coercion, if applied appropriately and with the right motives, has the power to bring about social redemption.

So perhaps we are, as some argue, violent by nature. We want peace, but can't help viewing the world and other people in terms of conquest. Perhaps we are wired to see things in terms of winning and losing, having and not having, us verses them, good guys and bad. I'd like to believe that it's due to genetics or certain social conditions. How else could we explain, let alone solve, our propensity to tackle conflict violently? As even the most cursory reading of history shows, we certainly aren't the first to try to make things right through the use of force.

I'm still not sure why we war like we do. Chalk it up to fear, scarcity, selfishness, injustice, a thirst for power, or even a noble desire to protect such ideals as freedom and justice. The fact remains, despite our abhorrence of killing, we too easily justify the use of violence.

By violence I don't only mean a howitzer. In subtle and not so subtle ways, we are not only prone to defend ourselves but find all kinds of ways to "do others in" whenever they make life difficult for us. We threaten, cajole, sue, file complaints, gossip, call the police, divorce, rage, kick and scream, and whatever else it takes to keep those we don't like away. 

When we say we want peace, do we really mean we just want order? As long as our self-interests are being served, we cry "Peace, peace!" We act decently towards others so long as they don't disturb the illusions we live by. As long as no one challenges our turf we are nonviolent. But once we feel threatened, once our domain is crossed, we fight back. 

A few years ago I was at a large rally in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the needs of children. Outside the Lincoln Memorial a communist came up to me and shoved some newsprint in my face. "Down with Corporate America," read the first page. I asked the man what he felt the main problem with America was. "The haves have more than they need, and the have-nots don't have what is rightly theirs," he replied. "Well, why is that?" I asked. "Private property," he said. "The rich use the law to protect property that actually belongs to all."  

Sympathetic to his argument, I went on to ask what turned out to be an unnerving question: "Well, then do you have private property?"  "Ah…well…yes," he answered sheepishly. "But," he immediately explained, "the main issue today is changing the system. The system has to change, or else nothing will!" And then he bolted off to the next fellow on the street.

It's hard to live consistently, but it is essential if we are to make our world a less violent place. Protesting against this or that is one thing, but living in a way that actually counters the very thing we are against is another. In fact, it's useless to protest war if our lives and lifestyles betray our rhetoric. If we're honest, most of us aren't very willing to give up the good life we enjoy. Consequently, we keep on fueling the very fires of war we wish to extinguish. We want to own what we have, enjoy our creature comforts, maintain our autonomy and modes of mobility, and make sure our bottom line is secure, even when the rest of the world suffers because of it. 

Not long ago I had a discussion with a group of college students. We were talking about the Kennan doctrine, on which American foreign policy is based. In 1948 George Kennan recognized that having only 6 percent of the world's population but 50 percent of its wealth means that the United States cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. To maintain this disparity would mean to forgo moral ideals and instead deal in straight power concepts. Many students expressed dismay over this. They also began to see why so much of the world resents our materialistic lifestyles and MTV culture. One young man piped up: "This means we will have to redistribute our wealth. But that's impossible!"

Is it? It's impossible only because we are unwilling to give up our consumer lifestyle. Sharing property with others in service, and in so doing redistributing wealth, is possible, but only if we want something truly different, only if we are resolved to secure a more peaceful world where millions no longer have to suffer want.

The question is: Do we really want to live in a way that makes it difficult for others, let alone ourselves, to war? Are we ready to have our desire for more converted into ways of being that assure life for all? Are we ready to wage peace? Are we willing to war against all that divides and separates? If we are, we will have to do a lot more than protest. And we will have to go much further than pacifism. Rejecting war is simply not enough, unless it means doing a way with war's causes. If this is what we mean, then we'll be soldiers in a war that never ends.

What I Learned in the Gulag

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The setting? A Siberian labor camp during the darkest years of Stalin's long reign. The writer? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a brave voice of dissent whose insights on suffering and on the nature of enslavement and freedom are more vital than ever in today's world.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The setting? A Siberian labor camp during the darkest years of Stalin's long reign. The writer? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a brave voice of dissent whose insights on suffering and on the nature of enslavement and freedom are more vital than ever in today's world.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Following an operation, I am lying in the surgical ward of a camp hospital. I cannot move. I am hot and feverish, but nonetheless my thoughts do not dissolve into delerium, and I am grateful to Dr. Boris Nikolayevich Kornfeld, who is sitting beside my cot and talking to me all evening. The light has been turned out, so it will not hurt my eyes. There is no one else in the ward.

Fervently he tells me the long story of his conversion from Judaism to Christianity. I am astonished at the conviction of the new convert, at the ardor of his words.

It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good.We know each other very slightly, and he was not the one responsible for my treatment, but there was simply no one here with whom he could share his feelings. He was a gentle and well-mannered person. I could see nothing bad in him, nor did I know anything bad about him. However, I was on guard because Kornfeld had now been living for two months inside the hospital barracks, without going outside. He had shut himself up in here, at his place of work, and avoided moving around camp at all.

This meant that he was afraid of having his throat cut. In our camp it had recently become fashionable to cut the throats of stool pigeons. This has an effect. But who could guarantee that only stoolies were getting their throats cut? One prisoner had had his throat cut in a clear case of settling a sordid grudge. Therefore the self-imprisonment of Kornfeld in the hospital did not necessarily prove that he was a stool pigeon.

The only solution to this would be that the meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul.It is already late. The whole hospital is asleep. Kornfeld is finishing his story:

"And on the whole, do you know, I have become convinced that there is no punishment that comes to us in this life on earth which is undeserved. Superficially it can have nothing to do with what we are guilty of in actual fact, but if you go over your life with a fine-tooth comb and ponder it deeply, you will always be able to hunt down that transgression of yours for which you have now received this blow."

I cannot see his face. Through the window come only the scattered reflections of the lights of the perimeter outside. The door from the corridor gleams in a yellow electrical glow. But there is such mystical knowledge in his voice that I shudder.

Those were the last words of Boris Kornfeld. Noiselessly he went into one of the nearby wards and there lay down to sleep. Everyone slept. There was no one with whom he could speak. I went off to sleep myself.

I was wakened in the morning by running about and tramping in the corridor; the orderlies were carrying Kornfeld's body to the operating room. He had been dealt eight blows on the skull with a plasterer's mallet while he slept. He died on the operating table, without regaining consciousness.

And so it happened that Kornfeld's prophetic words were his last words on earth, and those words lay upon me as an inheritance. You cannot brush off that kind of inheritance by shrugging your shoulders.

But by that time I myself had matured to similar thoughts. I would have been inclined to endow his words with the significance of a universal law of life. However, one can get all tangled up that way. One would have to admit that, on that basis, those who had received even crueler punishments than imprisonment,those who were shot or burned at the stake, were some sort of super-evildoers. And yet it is the the innocent who are punished most zealously. And what would one then have to say about our torturers? Why does fate not punish them? Why do they prosper?

The only solution to this would be that the meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul. From that point of view our torturers have been punished most horribly of all: they are turning into swine; they are departing downward from humanity. From that point of view punishment is inflicted on those whose development . . . holds out hope.

In my most evil moments I was convinced that I was doing good, and I was well supplied with systematic argumentsBut there was something in Kornfeld's last words that touched a sensitive chord, and that I completely accept for myself. And many will accept the same for themselves.

In the seventh year of my imprisonment I had gone over and re-examined my life and had come to understand why everything had happened to me: both prison and my malignant tumor. And I would not have murmured even if all that punishment had been considered inadequate.

I lay there a long time in that recovery room from which Kornfeld had gone forth to his death, and all alone during sleepless nights I pondered with astonishment my own life and the turns it had taken. Looking back, I saw that for my whole conscious life I had not understood either myself or my strivings. What had seemed for so long to be beneficial now turned out in actuality to be fatal, and I had been striving to go in the opposite direction to that which was truly necessary for me. But just as the waves of the sea knock the inexperienced swimmer off his feet and keep tossing him back onto the shore, so also was I painfully tossed back on dry land by the blows of misfortune. And it was only because of this that I was able to travel the path which I had always really wanted to travel.

Even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil.It was granted to me to carry away from my prison years on my bent back, which nearly broke beneath its load, this essential experience: how a human being becomes evil and how good. In the intoxication of youthful successes I had felt myself to be infallible, and I was therefore cruel. In the surfeit of power I was a murderer and an oppressor. In my most evil moments I was convinced that I was doing good, and I was well supplied with systematic arguments. It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. Even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil.

Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: they struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.

Found at Bruderhof Communities

Aiken Peace!

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Do you live in the Aiken area? Interested in joining our peace movement? Contact David here (803)215-3263
Join us for our monthly Women in Black Silent Peace vigils, the last Wednesday of each month, 5-6pm on the steps of the Aiken County Judicial Center.

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Do you live in the Aiken area? Interested in joining our peace movement? Contact David here (803)215-3263
Join us for our monthly Women in Black Silent Peace vigils, the last Wednesday of each month, 5-6pm on the steps of the Aiken County Judicial Center.

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NO to First-Strike Preemptive War

A piece by Wade Fulmer

A piece by Wade Fulmer {IMAGE1}NO to First-Strike Preemptive War

…those that work deceptions on their own nation of
citizens and on nations of culture,…
that exempt their own, but take others\’ sons, daughters,
fathers, and mothers from family into harm,…
that rush THEM to unnecessary, preemptive war and endless
occupation,…
that SEND THEM to oil-fired violence and dyings, to kill or
convert God\’s other children to hypocrisy,…
that labor the lives of others\’ loved ones to maiming,
death, and families loss,………
and, if our own people are so expendable for exploited
fears, mythical war, opportunism, distraction, and
profiteering, then also immorally expendable are the
sovereign peoples of culture to the warrings of chicken
hawk politicians. Who are those stay at home AWOL
appointees that SEND THEM, but not themselves, to
unnecessary preemptive war and violence by First-Strike,
Fear-Kill, Free-Fire policies?
All the precedent\’s amens care not to work a plan for
peace, but instead to convert peoples, by fears of
speculation, manipulation, and deception, to marketed wars
of no end. The administration of Iraq War planners abused
preemptive powers and sovereign life freedoms. Such abuses
were motivated by ambush bully politics, paranoia, and
politico-corporate greed and campaign contributions. The
implementation of First-Strike strategy of tragedy
manifested those motivations in plans of bombings; of
prisons of interrogational torture, humiliation, and exile;
of misusing and overextending reservists and souldiers, as
if untrained mercenaries, to patrol, police, and kill
children and families; and of massive destructions for
no-bid reconstruction contracts given to
conflict-of-interest administration political campaign
contributors.
Who are those that SEND THEM to WAR? They are
unilateralist, egotistical, selfreichist arrogants and
profiteers of manipulation, deception, and privilege. They
are those who change their minds and their memories, as to
why they send others to war, each time their prior excuse
is proved to be their contrived deception and myth; …no
weapons of mass destruction, no Saddam ties to 9-11, no
9-11 terrorists ties to Saddam, the liberation of Iraqis,
the democratization of Iraq, the Iraqinization (a.k.a.
Vietnamization) of Iraqi security police (while the
occupation of American Soldiers will be required \”for
years\” and forever …\”years\”…sound familiar?), the
unspoken token of crusadism (christian jihad) for the
neo-con \”christian\” hawks, etc. They are those who
proclaim compassion and then recklessly foster civil wars,
sell weapons to nations who turn those weapons on their
citizens and on our souldiers, and divide our own nation by
manipulation into unnecessary, unjustified war and
premeditated murder.
Who are those that SEND THEM to WAR? They are those
who avoided honorable military service (or avoided
attendance to duty), and though they send others, they lend
not even their ears to the experience of military Defense
leaders, nor to former Defense leaders (now of State) who
know some truth of the importance of diplomacy, real
coalition, and real and imminent threat. They are
malicious mockers who smear and slander veterans who
served, sacrificed, and suffered, including Veteran
Cleland, Veteran McCain, Veteran Kerry, and Millions of
other Veterans who were injured, maimed, or killed for the
Truth and Justice of a Constitutional, respectful and
respected America. Those that SEND THEM to war crucify
these Veterans who served honorably while in the military
and who serve just as honorably and courageously when they
speak Truth after war,… as opposed to submitting to the
ambitious, dictatorial partisan ambushers of democracy and
accountability.
The promoters of unnecessary war are those who exploit,
maliciously extend, and perpetuate the motivation and
emotion of citizen fears, which provide the politically
ambitious chicken hawk with fodder, campaign monies, and
corporate vestments. They are those who Avoid the Issues
of healthcare, jobs for citizens (rather than to corporate
foreign outsourcing), education, and retirement plan
solvency,… who excuse the abuses and greed of
corporations in exchange for campaign contributions, who
have assured and insured their own future of excesses and
profitability with legislation and conflict-of-interest
politic. They are those who over-pay over-budget military
industrial complex campaign contributors while cutting
Veterans healthcare services by millions.
Who are those that SEND THEM to WAR? In the partisan
pit of arrogance, ignorance, and greed, are pharisean,
sociopathic bullies. They hide from Truth in their
corporate money bagged at-home bunkers, they turn away from
the taps of souls and families in body bags, and…they
hide the coffins, too. They smirk and sneer at humankind
who stand for peace and against unnecessary preemptive war.
They work their schemes to ignore international law, to
subvert constitutional freedoms, and to harness the
mythical fears of people for war. In fact, they are
destructors of democracy, deniers of the humanity of peace,
and abusers of our souldiers whom they use as mercenaries.
Their precedent of preemptive war taunts that those for war
are with him,…and that those against war are against him.
He contrives and taunts adversaries to \”bring it on\” to
THEM, to harm THEM, whom he has sent to his games of war
and death.
Truth tells us that \”we wrestle…against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places\” (Ephesians 6:12).
The God above all peoples, religions, and evil appointments
gives to us all the choice of righteous or unrighteous
works. For those works there is freedom, responsibility,
and consequence. The God of Truth is called the \”Prince of
Peace\”. Stop the violence, maiming, and deadly amens.
Unnecessary preemptive war, lies, and occupations must end.
Truth must restore Peace again. SEND THEM to War No More.
God\’s souldiers, children and family to Peace duty send.
Peace begins Now, Again. Labor not for war…Labor in Love
for Peace and Life. Labor to BRING T H E M HOME NOW !!!
NO to First-Strike Preemptive War. Blessed are the
Peacemakers.

Note: Wade H. Fulmer is a Vietnam War Veteran who served in
the US Army.

Waist Deep In The Big Muddy

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Peter Sederberg used this song in his talk at the Memorial March in Columbia, May 26, 2004, as a metaphor for our situation in Iraq.

Knee deep in the Big Muddy
And the fools keep yelling, Push on
Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling, Push on
Waist deep, neck deep
We’ll be drowning before too long
We’re neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling to push on

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Peter Sederberg used this song in his talk at the Memorial March in Columbia, May 26, 2004, as a metaphor for our situation in Iraq.

Knee deep in the Big Muddy
And the fools keep yelling, Push on
Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling, Push on
Waist deep, neck deep
We’ll be drowning before too long
We’re neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling to push on

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{IMAGE1} It was back in 1942, I was part of a good platoon
We were on manoeuvres in Louisiana one night by the light of the moon
The Captain said, We got to ford the river, that’s where it all began
We were knee deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fool kept yelling to push on

The Sergeant said, Sir, are you sure this is the way back to base
Sergeant, I once crossed this river not a mile above this place
It’ll be a little soggy but we’ll keep on slogging, we’ll soon be on dry ground
We were waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fool kept yelling to push on

Captain, sir, with all this gear no man will be able to swim
Sergeant, don’t be a nervous nellie, the Captain said to him
All we need is a little determination, follow me – I’ll lead on
We were neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fool kept yelling to push on

All of a sudden the moon clouded over, all we heard was a gurgling cry
And a second later the Captain’s helmet was all that floated by
The Sergeant said, Turn round, men, I’m in charge from now
And we just made it out of the Big Muddy
With the Captain dead and gone

We stripped and dived and found his body stuck in the old quicksand
I guess he didn’t know the water was deeper than the place where he’d once been
For another stream had joined the Muddy a half mile from where we’d gone
We were lucky to get out of the Big Muddy
When the damn fool kept yelling to push on

I don’t want to draw conclusions, I’ll leave that to yourself
Maybe you’re still walking, maybe you’re still talking
But every time I hear the news that old feeling comes back on
We’re neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling to push on

Knee deep in the Big Muddy
And the fools keep yelling, Push on
Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling, Push on
Waist deep, neck deep
We’ll be drowning before too long
We’re neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling to push on

Make the Pie Higher!

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A poem composed of actual quotes from George W. Bush.

MAKE THE PIE HIGHER
by George W. Bush

I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It’s a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

bush2.jpg

A poem composed of actual quotes from George W. Bush.

MAKE THE PIE HIGHER
by George W. Bush

I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It’s a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

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